Category: Count your blessings

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me

My 50th birthday and why it is more than just a number to me
Today I am officially 50 years old. FIFTY. I keep saying it to myself, hoping that I will eventually believe it. I know people who celebrate their birthdays in extravagant ways, or celebrate for more than one day. Growing up in a working class family, birthdays were celebrated, but it was a one day thing –... Read more »

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?

Why is the local Jewel grocery store selling tiny fried chicken?
My husband does the shopping now that he’s retired, and I work full-time. We do most of our shopping at Aldi, but today was a Jewel run. In order for me to have a night off from cooking dinner, he “made dinner” and bought a fried chicken for $5.99. It’s normally, $6.99, but today is dollar-off... Read more »

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it

How proud mom moments make the rest of parenting worth it
Parenting is tough. Anyone that does it day in and day out knows this. Temper tantrums, picky eating, homework, questionable decisions, time management, messy rooms, last minute forms, and bad attitudes permeate everything. Sometimes, I love being a parent; other times, not so much. The challenges can be overwhelming and draining. With faith as my... Read more »
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People's appreciation for the beauty of classical music is dying

Tonight is Blogapalooza here at ChicagoNow. That means at 9 pm we are given a topic to write about, and we have one hour to write, edit and publish. We are to write about something we find beautiful that we think others may not understand. My thoughts immediately went to classical music and how I... Read more »

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break

Lunch with friends is the one habit I never want to break
Tonight is ChicagoNow’s Blogapalooza. We are given a topic at 9pm, then we write, edit, tweak and publish straight up at 10pm. Our topic for tonight is: “Write about a habit or routine of yours that you would either like to break or that you hope never ends.” I have several habits I would like... Read more »

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season

How I am keeping things in perspective this Christmas season
Perspective is everything – how we view things, how we see things, how we interpret what we see, and how our experiences influence our perspective are all important. I am a white, married, heterosexual, Christian, middle-aged mom who works full-time and loves dogs. It’s no secret that I’m married to a police officer, too. These... Read more »
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What my tomorrow looks like

Tomorrow is always just a breath away, but I know what my tomorrow looks like. I get to sleep in tomorrow. Blissful, restful sleep with no alarm clock to scream at me, “GET UP! GET UP!” Tomorrow is filled with food I can eat, but don’t have to cook. It will be very easy for... Read more »

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge

What I did when I was challenged to the #ALSIceBucketChallenge
First, ALS is an insidious disease that is finally getting the attention and donations it has needed for a long time. I’m glad this #ALSIceBucketChallenge is here raising awareness. For the longest time, I seemed to skate through all the videos and Facebook posts without being challenged to participate, until today. Today, my friend and... Read more »

Heartbroken and hurting: saying goodbye is never easy

Heartbroken and hurting: saying goodbye is never easy
Once again, I sit here thinking, “What in the world can I write about today?” when all that comes to mind, as the tears pour down my face, is how much my heart aches. Today, I said goodbye to my church home of 9 years, and I am seriously heartbroken and hurting. It’s so hard... Read more »
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I am TOTALLY a gardener

14 days after planting, we have one measley little cucumber plant. Can you see it near the green spike upper right side of the photo?
One year ago, I posted my second blog post ever, and I titled it I am not a gardener. Well, that’s just not true. I am TOTALLY a gardener, and I have proof. I have been taking pictures for weeks in order to show you just how miraculous a garden really is. We plant cucumbers,... Read more »